Ristorante Rumari

4.7
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571 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Ristorante Rumari (Italian for "Restaurant of the Sea") is one of the most popular restaurants in Laguna Beach. It is popular for three primary reasons. First because of its fine Italian soul food. Second because of its location, away from the traffic and congestion of downtown Laguna. This makes it especially popular with the local residents of Laguna as well as those who have been referred by a friend, business associate or concierge at one of Laguna's many boutique hotels. There is abundant street parking as well as a small free lot behind the restaurant. (If you have ever tried to find a parking space in downtown Laguna you will appreciate Rumaris' location) The third reason this restaurant is so popular, and some say the most important reason is the Crivello Family, Vincenzo and Massimo and their mother Bina and father Antonio. Rumari is truly a "Family Affair" and has been for more than 24 years!
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place- knowledgeable and attentive waiter, delicious food and cute ambiance- will go back!

MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!! Food was incredible and the service was impeccable ♥️

O
New England
46 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This is an “old school” Italian menu. Server was MIA most of the meal.

We started with grilled asparagus wrapped in prosciutto which was delicious. Took forever to get first glass of wine. We waited forever for appetizer plates to be cleared and for entree to arrive. I ordered fliet (medium) arrived medium/well. Waiter finally did a “drive by” half way through meal and left before we could answer how our meals were. Bottom line is 4.7 rating is not reflective of our experience and hard to imagine any one else’s. Many better options for Italian.

S
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! They make you feel welcome. Always a pleasure!

KW
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything great

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful staff and restaurant the food was absolutely outstanding can’t wait to return

L
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful place to go.

L
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful authentic neighborhood restaurant. Very friendly with great food

BS
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to Ristorante Rumari...the food, the ambiance, liquors......it’s a great place to enjoy it all!

M
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great home style Italian cooking.

LD
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good food and wine. the staff was fantastic. So nice and serviceminded.

E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I recommend this for anyone who loves Italian food. The food here is more authentic than some of the other local places. It is delicious and the service is exceptional.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice quite spot in Laguna. Prices are about right for quality of service and food. I didn’t like my halibut special too much. I prefer my halibut more of a filet style and more flaky. The sauce was amazing however and the other items we tried. I would go back

MA
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our waitress from Argentina was delightful, efficient and knowledgeable in guiding us toward the right food selections.
The food was enjoyable and served at correct temperatures.
We sat on the patio which Is a bit crowded due to size restrictions since it is directly on the sidewalk.

Our only complaint was that after we ordered our meal, a couple arrived with 2 dogs, 1 quiet small poodle while the other was a large standard poodle who was coughing and barking. His head was level with our table top - not hygienic or appealing in the least.
They should have been seated towards the back of the patio where they would not interfere with the servers movements or with other diners on this narrow patio.

SC
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem. The menu is varied and extensive when you include the specials. Food was delicious. Prices are in keeping with fine dining. Extensive wine menu and full bar. Service outstanding. We definitely will be enjoying this restaurant again in the near future.

L
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Italian food!! Best veal piccata ever. Last time I was here was 35 yrs ago! Why? I cannot imagine, being that it is just down the street from me. But its now one of my new local favorites

OT
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ristorante Rumari is my favorite Italian restaurant in Laguna Beach! The food and ambiance are excellent, and the service is awesome. Some of my favorite dishes are the beef carpaccio and the pesto gnocchi. Thanks to our server tonight Fiora for making our evening so special!

J
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service!

MG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very authentic Italian Restaurant. Delicious Food, outstanding service. If you stay in Laguna Beach - enjoy dinner at Rumari!

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm originally from New York and I can say, without, that this one of the best Italian meals I have had in my entire life. Try the chicken parmigiana. You will not regret it.

f
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good experience. They can step up their service, but not bad. Great food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I let the restaurant know that the couple was celebrating their wedding and was on their honeymoon. I was told that they made the night special and gave them a dessert to celebrate.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiter was very accommodating and entire staff was awesome. The food was freshly made and flavorful. First time there and I’ll go back.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good, but the service was slow.

j
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a small restaurant with extremely good food and service. Parking is limited. The food is a little expensive but not unreasonable for the area at all. But the quality of the food is excellent and the wait staff went out of their way to make the visit extremely enjoyable.

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

VerynixeitLiNrestaurNt on vCtkon

K
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best and most consistent restaurants in Laguna Beach. Quiet, comfortable atmosphere. They will tailor make any dish to your specifications.

JD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

5 people. Varied opinions. Overall good. Setting is old. Lights kept flashing off and on or dimming off and on. Had the mussels before they were better. My ahi tuna was awesome. It is a very good restaurant with good service and nice people

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food is amazing... everytime we go it never ceases to amaze us!

A must order is the Mussels appetizer to start... the sauce is to die for and completes the dish! Followed by the veal in the white wine sauce! Delicious!... and can make the most unwanted of dinner parties an unforgettable experience. :)

CJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and the food were excellent. Additionally it was my mother's birthday and they inquired before hand if it was a special occasion and presented her with a special dessert.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservation online, arrived and found parking right in front! Greeted promptly by hostess and seated in great spot by window. Had patio seating in front but wanted to be inside/shade, cooler despite nice temps outside (no shade). Waitress attentive, helpful with recommendations for transportation to nearby Pageant of the Masters that we were headed to after our meal. Food was great temperature, tasty and beautifully presented...with offer for added grated cheese! YUM. Nice comfortable setting, music not too loud. Hostess opened door as we left and all was good!

RO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous and our waiter Martin made our night great!

JM
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and good service as usual evening though very busy fourth of July weekend

DM
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed an Anniversary dinner at Ristorante Rumari. The service and food were both excellent!

SD
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff and a great experience.
Thank you,
Dhillon

JD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Relaxing, delicious dinner outdoors at sunset. A perfect evening.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Authentic Italian food. We’ll go back again.

SH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian in oc
Best service too!
And save room for dessert!!
Get 2 of each they are in my dreams now😂

LO
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were visiting Laguna and came here in our last night. If only we had heard sooner I would have gone more than once. Italian food is my favorite and this was authentic and AMAZING! Sooooo delicious!

KS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect way to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Thank you Scott for an enjoyable evening.